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02/08/2018 09:22:46 AM · #1
I currently have a Nikon D300 and a Nikon D80. I am trying to decide if I should keep those cameras or buy a newer Nikon? My focus will mainly be on wildlife photography. Thanks for any help
02/08/2018 10:00:10 AM · #2
Given that wildlife is your focus, it would seem that an upgrade would be a big benefit; both of those models are approaching 10 years old. You'd see a huge improvement in both AF performance and the number of pixels you can put on a subject. Bear in mind that for the latter, you do need to have lenses that can benefit from the high pixel density.
02/08/2018 10:05:33 AM · #3
If you're willing to spend the money my D850 is great. Note though that with the cost of this comes the cost of new lenses. You'll be dishing out quite a sum to upgrade to your desired liking. I've put in a lot and I'm not even finished yet.

That's my $0.02

02/08/2018 12:57:40 PM · #4
Don't think you have to go with the D850, better go for a crop-sensor camera, like the D7200 or the D500. The D7200 might be available as an used camera if that's what you're looking for, the D500 model is quite new. If I had the money I would most likely prefer that D500.

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02/08/2018 01:34:30 PM · #5
Thanks for the replies. The D 500 is the one I had in mind
02/08/2018 01:51:39 PM · #6
Wildlife? Nikon? Of course D500 ^_^
02/08/2018 01:59:47 PM · #7
Devil's advocate:

What's wrong with the D300?

Here are some wildlife shots with D300 and a good lens
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If something is not wrong with the camera, why change?
02/08/2018 02:34:53 PM · #8
I like the devils advocate idea as well. I知 no professional so I may just stick with it. My bank account would love that idea
02/08/2018 04:24:06 PM · #9
As someone who just replaced a somewhat persnickety D300 with a D500, I would say holding off is not a bad move.
Don't get me wrong, it is a great camera and I don't regret the purchase ... But They almost feel like the same camera - of course there are more focus points, frame rate and the AF engine are great improvements, but unless you are shooting professionally, it's not really necessary IMHO.
And FWIW the bluetooth image transfer is horribly slow to my phone, even when shooting in RAW + JPG. Maybe wait for a D500s? ;)
02/08/2018 10:04:46 PM · #10
I have a D300 and have been considering upgrading to the D500. I still think the D300 is very good camera, and unless you need the added features of a new camera, with a good lens you can take some excellent shots. May not me, but I have seen what others can do with this camera. If you do upgrade, perhaps you should keep the D300 as a second.
02/08/2018 11:18:12 PM · #11
Thanks for the replies. I think I知 just going to keep my D300 as well as the money in my bank account. I知 not a professional and this is just a hobby for me. I知 just going to go out and enjoy myself and start participating in some of the challenges.
08/20/2018 06:37:15 PM · #12
Looks like this thread was from early this year so you may not even see this. One way to up the performance of your D 300 without investing in a newer body is to purchase an MB D10 battery grip to increase your frame rate if you don't have one already. You can purchase a used one from KEH or other used camera dealer. Also make sure you get the MS-D10 AA battery holder for the MB-D10 if it isn't included in the one you buy used. Using the battery grip with the MS D10EN and an EN-EL3a battery will not give you an increased frame rate. Using 8 AA batteries in the MS D10 AA will up your max frame rate from 6fps to 8 fps (7.5 fps if you use Auto ISO) You should be able to get both items used for under $100.00. I find the extra 2fps very helpful for wildlife and think it's worth $100.00 to increase your frame rate. Bear in mind that in order to get that frame rate you have to be shooting in 12 bit Raw not 14 bit. In 14 bit the framerate drops to some ridiculous number like 2.5 if I remember correctly. I now use a D 500 for my wildlife images and a D 800E for landscape images and those cameras offer big advances over the D 300. That being said, I have sold lots of very beautiful wildlife images shot with the D 300.
08/20/2018 10:17:43 PM · #13
Originally posted by rupypug:

Thanks for the replies. I think I知 just going to keep my D300 as well as the money in my bank account. I知 not a professional and this is just a hobby for me. I知 just going to go out and enjoy myself and start participating in some of the challenges.


Well same as me, I went to Sony and currently use the A550,it does all I want and there is an amazing range of lens available.plus the official repair depot is in Palmerston North 35 mins from here and very helpful and knowledgable as well ....
08/21/2018 07:15:02 AM · #14
Originally posted by TWilson092:

Looks like this thread was from early this year so you may not even see this. One way to up the performance of your D 300 without investing in a newer body is to purchase an MB D10 battery grip to increase your frame rate if you don't have one already. You can purchase a used one from KEH or other used camera dealer. Also make sure you get the MS-D10 AA battery holder for the MB-D10 if it isn't included in the one you buy used. Using the battery grip with the MS D10EN and an EN-EL3a battery will not give you an increased frame rate. Using 8 AA batteries in the MS D10 AA will up your max frame rate from 6fps to 8 fps (7.5 fps if you use Auto ISO) You should be able to get both items used for under $100.00. I find the extra 2fps very helpful for wildlife and think it's worth $100.00 to increase your frame rate. Bear in mind that in order to get that frame rate you have to be shooting in 12 bit Raw not 14 bit. In 14 bit the framerate drops to some ridiculous number like 2.5 if I remember correctly. I now use a D 500 for my wildlife images and a D 800E for landscape images and those cameras offer big advances over the D 300. That being said, I have sold lots of very beautiful wildlife images shot with the D 300.

All the earmarks of a bot/troll, yet some incredibly accurate and helpful info.

Maybe.....

Just a new person?

Welcome 31_N.gif TWilson092 tell us about yourself. Another Nikon shooter is always a plus!
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